Equations

7.6.16

A New Equation Estimates the Chances of Life Arising on a Given Planet

An astrobiologist and a chemist team up on a new equation to describe the conditions needed for life to arise on a planet.

6.21.15

A New Algorithm Reveals the Hidden World of Imperceptible Motion

Everything is moving all of the time, and usually we miss it.

5.10.15

The World Is a Knapsack Problem and We're Just Living in It

Understanding one of computer science's most classic problems.

4.29.15

An Algorithm for Escaping a Burning Building

The algorithmic way to find the nearest exit.

4.12.15

32-Bit Integers and Why Old Computers Matter

Mutant Pac-Man, system architecture, and the integer overflow of time itself.

4.5.15

The Doomsday Rule: An Algorithmic Classic

Mind Your Decisions explains.

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3.22.15

The Simple, Elegant Algorithm That Makes Google Maps Possible

Edsger W. Dijkstra’s short solution to a bottomless complexity.

3.18.15

Quantum Information Takes the Connectedness Out of Search

No longer do networks have to be searched node by node.

3.14.15

Happy Pi Day: Pi Is an Imposter

Where pi ends, and space-time begins.

3.1.15

Rabbits All the Way Down: The Fibonacci Sequence

Why nature loves irrational numbers.

2.14.15

When Time Flows Backwards

Physicists again demonstrate one of the quantum world's more eye-crossing properties: time symmetry.

2.13.15

10.0! We Gave Pitchfork Scores to Every Band Playing Pitchfork Music Festival

If there are two things people associate with Pitchfork, it's their annual festival and their complex numerical scoring system. So we combined them!

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